Summer Reading: 2006

Posted: Jun 22, 2006 12:05 AM

Last week, I got a note from a reader complaining that I have not submitted my annual list of summer reading recommendations. So, naturally, I dropped what I was doing -- actually, I dropped what I was smoking -- to compile the following list for my loyal readers:

The Supremacists: the Tyranny of Judges and How to Stop It , by Phyllis Schlafly. This is a good book for recent high school and college graduates -- many of whom are no longer getting a solid grounding in basic civics. Many people realize that the judicial branch has become a super-legislature in this country. Nonetheless, few of those complaining have offered concrete suggestions on how to return the judicial supremacists to their proper role in American government. This book provides those much needed and long overdue suggestions.

Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy , by Bruce Bartlett. I would not support George W. Bush for a third term as U.S. president even if I had that option under our Constitution. But unlike my liberal colleagues -- who are still mourning the death of al-Zarqawi -- it has nothing to do with the War on Terror. Instead, it has everything to do with Bush’s big-government liberal spending. Bartlett understands the problem and has the guts to say something about it.

While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within , by Bruce Bawer. Bruce Bawer’s remarks about the religious right in America irritate me -- especially his whining about our well-reasoned opposition to gay marriage. But I like this book anyway. Bawer has the courage to tell us just how screwed up Europe is and, more importantly, who’s responsible. I recommend the book to three groups of people: 1. Naïve liberals who think that one can be pro-gay and pro-Palestinian at the same time. 2. Anyone who is thinking about moving to Europe. 3. Anyone who thinks that welfare reform was a bad idea for America. (Just read this book and learn what it has done to Europe).

Women Who Make the World Worse , by Kate O’Beirne. I heard Kate speak in Washington, D.C. recently. Her talk was both humorous and informative. The same can be said about her new book. Have you ever wondered why there are so many Women’s Studies departments on college campuses? Have you ever wondered what they do with the degrees after they graduate? Read this book and find out. Warning: You won’t be happy with the answers.

Do As I Say (Not As I Do): Profiles in Liberal Hypocrisy , by Peter Schweizer. This book was runner-up for my 2006 “Book of the Year” Award. Even though I’ve already read it, I intend to read it again. That isn’t just because it was so well-researched. I’m re-reading it because it was just that funny. The only question I still have about this book is whether it makes Cornel West look even dumber than Al Franken. Close call. Some might argue that it makes the author of Fahrenheit 9/11 look even Moore stupid than both West and Franken combined.

The Fair Tax Book: Saying Goodbye to the Income Tax and the IRS , by Neal Boortz and John Linder. In a recent column, I mentioned my opposition to the flat tax. Some people wrote asking whether that means I support the Fair Tax. Of course I support the Fair Tax. Read this book (now out in paperback) and see why. When you’re done, give your copy away. Read it again. Give it away. Read it again. Give it away. Keep on going until the IRS is purged from American soil. And make sure to log on to for updates on the Fair Tax movement.

The Book of God , by Walter Wangerin, Jr. It’s not easy to convince someone to sit down and read the Bible from start to finish. That’s where Walter Wangerin, Jr. can help. Like his other books about Jesus and the Apostle Paul, this “Bible as a novel” approach is an entertaining way to get an overview of the major events of the Bible without a lot of “begats” and census figures. It is especially recommended for teenagers and those with shorter attention spans. Though it’s over 600 pages, it reads very quickly.

As always, I apologize to all the great authors I may have snubbed with this short list. I suspect that many of my readers will write soon to scold me for my most egregious omissions.